Beer Beef and Potato Chili with Skillet Cornbread.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Damn! Sewing and knitting are expensive! I thought I'd go to Half Price Books and sell all my Noam Chomsky, Edward Said, etc. books I read in college in order to have money to buy fabric and knitting supplies. Well, I got $15 for the books and the supplies cost me $75. Considering we have a weekly food/gas/other budget of $120, that is way too much! Looks like I'm going to have to knit and sew super slow. Maybe I can enter a bunch of the blog giveaways and win some fabric or yarn. Ugggh! Oh well.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Well here is my first attempt at knitting. My friend Natalie came over today to show me how, but unfortunately she doesn't really know how herself (just kidding Nat! I love you!). The project started getting way too big for my needles so I had to quit. Instead of looking up how to bind it off, I just cut the thread thinking that was probably right. It wasn't. Going to try again now.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
After The Dirty Life (great read) I wanted to read some fiction. However, I can't locate or think of much that I think I'd like. Any suggestions would be appreciated. So, The Omnivore's Dilemma has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while, and despite the hype, I haven't read it yet. I did check out The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids from the library, lol. Now for the real thing.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I am having a really bad parenting day. My kids are acting like crazy fools. I have listened to other people about parenting, read books, and tried most everything. I don't know. Blogs make everyone look like perfect angels so I don't learn much on that front. I need some consistency, but I have a hard time with that too. My problem is that the girls do not listen. They whine and push, yell, etc. People say kids whine when they get everything they want. Well they don't get a lot. So what? You tell them one thing and they do something else. Right now they're building a castle out of couch cushions. That doesn't bother me. It's when they hit and yell. I calmly tell them not to yell, hit, whatever. Doesn't work. I've yelled at them to stop. Doesn't work. So maybe it is consistency. I want them to be a little bit wild, a little bit free, but not animals! I don't want prim and proper. Maybe that's my problem. Any advice? I need alcohol.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Okay, so I figured out how to afford beautiful, high quality toys for my kids. Last week, Eaden wanted a puppy and roller skates, bad. She kept bugging us. Then we remembered that we had this wooden train toy in my husband's closet that Santa had forgot to leave under the tree. So we brought that out as a surprise and she totally forgot about the puppy and skates. Yesterday, I was browsing some blog and linked to this etsy shop Armadillo Dreams. I fell in love with this milking cow. So I bought three toys, for a total of $38 (shipping included). I thought this was a great price. Toys from the store would probably cost more. When the toys come I might give the kids one and hide the others in the closet for a rainy day. They need to last until Naia's birthday in late October.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I don't know why I love this picture, but I do. It was my profile picture until my mom said it looks like I stole someone's black child and ran away with it (this is my son and my husband is from Nigeria). Anyway, I love this picture. I look so happy and peaceful and my son just looks like he wants to run.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011